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Always Have a Bad Weather Plan in Place


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It can happen so quickly. You are enjoying a day on the lake with family or friends. Suddenly, the skies begin to darken. You think you have a bit more time, but alas, the storm hits. Do you have a plan?

It is dangerous to be out on a lake in a storm, so it is important to already have a plan in place just in case bad weather hits. At Buxton Marine, located in Lewisville, Texas, we recommend the following:

Weather Minded

First of all, be weather aware! Before you head out to the lake for the day, check the weather forecast! You always want to have an idea of what you may be in for, weather wise. While you are on the lake keep watch of the skies. If you see dark clouds rolling in, vertical clouds beginning to form, lightning, hear thunder, or feel a sudden temperature drop, pack up and get back to shore immediately.

Float Plan

Even if there is zero chance of bad weather, make sure someone (who is not accompanying you), knows your float plan. What is a float plan? A float plan is a record of where you are going, how long you are planning to be out, who is going with you, and what type of boat/safety equipment you have. Hopefully this information is never needed but telling someone your plan will give you and your loved ones peace of mind in case anything should ever happen.

Life Jackets

While you and all members of your party should be wearing life jackets while on the water, we understand sometimes people get a little laxed. As soon as it appears a storm is approaching make sure everyone’s life jackets are located and secure on their bodies.

Slow Down

It feels like we are stating the obvious, but do not try to jet to the shore as fast as possible. As storms roll in and weather changes, water tends to react. Slow down and slowly head toward the shore – if you can see it. If not, stay put until visibility improves.

Navigation Lighting

When visibility is reduced, collisions can happen. It is the same as if you are turning your hazard lights on and slowing down during a storm on a highway, turn your boat’s navigation lights on when a storm hits. This will help other boats more clearly see you even when the rain gets heavy. It’s always a good idea to review boat manuals and familiarize yourself with all parts of your boat so you know exactly how to do this before the boating season starts.

 

You really do not ever know when a storm will hit. Clear skies can turn dark quick. Having a plan and knowing tips and tricks will help provide a foundation for future boating safety. If you are looking to trade-in your boat, or just looking to buy something new, Buxton Marine is the leading boat dealer in DFW and the top Nautique dealer in the country. Stop on by! We’d love to chat about how we can best help you.

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